Out of the Ordinary
Elevation: 2500 ft
Ascent: 760 ft
Round-Trip Distance: 2.0 miles
Location: End of Big Brook Road of of Route 30 south of Indian Lake.
Region: Central Adirondacks
Park at a private resort parking lot where they request that you pay $2 to park, so bring along a couple of bucks to “feed the meter.” Continue walking along the parking lot road toward the end of the clearing straight ahead. Near its end, you will see some signs for the trail which enters the woods there.
The first part of the trail is a very easy traverse across the hill and includes an ascent of maybe 300 feet. After that the trail turns decidedly uphill on a much steeper gradient. The trail follows Adirondack tradition of eschewing switchbacks for the direct approach. The summit of Chimney “illustrates a complex tectonic origin that has left not only an interesting chimney but also myriad caves.” The area north of the main ridge/summit is a jumble of rocks and “caves” which emit cold air even on a hot summer day.
Note: For a more complete description of the trail, please see ADK’s Adirondack Mountain Club: Central Trails.
This trail can be found on the ADK/National Geographic Trails Illustrated Map for the Northville Raquette region (map No. 744).
Have a great hike! Bob Goodwin